portrait of Leonard Bernstein
In rehearsal, photo by Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News & World Report staff (1 September 1971)

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Quotes of the Day for 25 August 2001 – Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was born at Lawrence, Massachusetts on this day in 1918. By age 25 he had brought new glory to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, he composed symphonic works, was a major social figure in New York, and even found time to write the scores for popular musicals such as West Side Story. Here are some of his thoughts on music and art.

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The quotes:

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another ... and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.

Any great work of art ... revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
     - All today's quotes are from Leonard Bernstein, 1918 - 1990


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